Excellent fit and finish; luxurious interior; quiet ride and smooth road manners; strong, economical powertrain
The front-wheel-drive 2012 Lexus ES 350 is an excellent entry in the luxury mid-size segment. It takes a proven powertrain from parent company Toyota and adds a healthy lineup of luxury equipment to present a very comfortable and understated package.
A 3.5L V6 with dual variable valve timing powers the ES 350, helping it put out 272 hp through a 6-speed sequential-shift automatic transmission, the only powertrain available. Lexus claims a 0 to 60 mph time of 6.8 seconds with EPA fuel economy rated at 19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. The ES rides on 17-inch alloy wheels and is also a nimble handler thanks to a fully independent suspension and speed-sensing, progressive power steering.
Inside is where the ES really shines however. Standard luxury features include dual-zone automatic climate control, Lexus Memory to control the driver's seat, sideview mirrors and steering wheel, a supple leather interior with brown walnut or bird's eye maple accents. The ES also features loads of standard technology goodies, like Bluetooth hands-free connectivity and an 8-speaker sound system with in-dash, 6-disc CD stereo.
Standalone options on the ES include HID adaptive headlamps and a pre-collision system with dynamic radar cruise control. Popular options packages include a $4,065 Navigation/Mark Levinson Package that boasts a voice-activated hard-disk navigation system, color LCD display with backup camera, Bluetooth and a 14-speaker, 300-watt premium surround sound audio system with an in-dash CD/DVD auto changer. The Ultra-Luxury Package adds perforated semi-aniline leather, special wood inlays, heated and ventilated front seats and a panorama glass roof.
The ES 350 excels in the safety department, with stability and traction control, anti-lock braking with brake assist and electronic brake force distribution, rain-sensing windshield wipers and a bevy of airbags for both front and rear passengers.
The 2012 Lexus ES350 is nearly unchanged from the 2011 model save for a few new colors including Nebula Gray and Stargazer Black.
The 2012 ES 350 shares its genes with the popular Toyota Camry, but it has been massaged by Lexus engineers into something much more than just the sum of its parts. The ES 350 is the quintessential entry-level luxury car with a host of standard amenities, innovative technology and a smooth 3.5L V6. It boasts all this and more for around $36,000, which makes it a bargain as well.
Vehicle Price: 37,600.00
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